"The Reward"

Trip Start Feb 20, 2014
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Trip End Mar 14, 2014


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discovery island resort & dive center

Flag of Philippines  , Palawan,
Monday, March 3, 2014

After many hours spent in transport, buses, Jeepneys, tricycles, boats, ferries, and hiking up steps with our backpacks we made it to Coron. This was actually the one place that i knew very little about. But I heard.... It was amazing. They film a lot of movies around here. The scenes where the boats are sailing through the large limestone cliffs, surrounded by the turquoise blue water, with nothing but blue sky's reflecting On the water below.. silence and serenity. This place, the island of Coron, is one of the reasons i came all this way.
We arrived in coron town by our ferry which actually took an hour less than scheduled, because of the smooth water to sail on that day. " last time that boat took 11 hours.. Broke down 3 times " we heard from our resort owner. Travel karma once again on my side.
Coron town as they had said.. Is a big dirty town, not much to see, so we are staying at a " resort" on a nearby island , a 10 minute boat ride away, the resort has boat service. There really isn't resorts here. Our place is a simple bungalow.. Up on top of a hill, nice comfortable bed, cold shower, deck with a hammock, and with breathtaking views. Perfect. There's a restaurant, little bar and a pool table and a couple of kayaks. A Resort.
The sunsets here are even more fabulous than our last place in el nido. It stretches for miles as it sets across the never ending mountains that grace its shoreline.
We booked a " private" tour from our place. Great price.. Once again, we leave from right from our dock, our own boat , two boat guys who are the boat captain, anchor man, tour guide and cook( we get lunch cooked for us on the beach) all for the incredible price of $26 each.
We were to go on 5 stops around the famous Coron island. Is this the place I've heard about? The first stop was a small snorkeling area at the small five islands.. Pretty! But this isn't it. Next we started sailing closer to the large green mountains jetting out of the water. The water got a lighter blue, so clear that you could see for hundreds of yards below watching the fish dodge away from the boat as it guided through the cliffs. I moved closer to the from of the deck.. We turned the corner , and then suddenly, i was speechless. We were here. Wow.. The beauty and scenery are something that is hard to put into words. It was like sailing into a painting, and to make it even more perfect , we were the only boat there at the time. Silence. We were only accompanied by the birds and butterflies flying beside us.
I sat up on the deck as we glided through the passageways. Taking in every moment. I have been lucky to see alot of amazing things on my many trips around the world. But this honestly left me speechless. That somewhere so beautiful exists on this earth. And we had nothing to do to create it, its just a gift for all of those who are adventurous to make the journey here.
Our boat docked at a small harbor , looking like a movie set. But actually just a park ranger station of a couple of bamboo huts and wood, plank bridges. The steep climb of steps led to a stunning view across the bay, and down to a natural lake for swimming in its deep blue water. Our next stop was twin lakes.. A small cove that had two lakes, connected by a small sets of stairs that you climbed through to reach the other side. We had it all to ourselves, and our boat captain had to tear us away from that place. We could of floated all day in that crystal blue water.
We stopped at a small white sand beach were we were only accompanied by two other boats. We sat on the beach while our boat captain grilled our lunch on his homemade grill on the back of his boat. A large can, with some coals at a grill rack set on top. We sat under our bamboo hut on the beach and stared out into the ocean, far from any cars, planes, traffic,... Reality. This is the Reward they were talking about.
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Maureen mason on

For an outstanding travel writer as yourself to be "speechless" really truly encapsulates the entire trip. The photos really do look like a painting- Matisse? Gauguin? I dusted off a huge, fascinating world atlas from my bookshelf to study more closely this magical place called The Philippines. Wow-to think you are there right now and able to send us such amazing fotos. i am so proud of you. This is your first trip. Will you return 9 mores times like you did to Thailand???

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